Dr. Ann Kulze Says Lower Your Cancer Risk By Maintaining A Healthy Weight

| January 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

By Dr. Ann Kulze

Your weight during young adulthood appears to have a significant influence on your future risk of getting several major cancers. That was the conclusion of an illuminating new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

For this study, scientists followed the body mass index (BMI) and cancer status of more than 220,000 adults for an average period of 18 years. Subjects who were obese – had a BMI of 30 or more – from the start of the study and remained obese had the highest risk of developing cancer.

Male study subjects who were obese from the outset were 64% more likely to develop cancer, and females were 48% more likely. Lesser degrees of weight gain can also be tied to a greater risk of developing cancer.

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